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Cluster Monroe Rhodes
  • August 04, 1920
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  • March 24, 2016

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CLUSTER MONROE “C.M.” RHODES, was born minutes before his twin brother, Cluvis Woodrow, on August 4, 1920 in Yale, OK.   He grew up in Seminole, OK, graduated from Pleasant Grove High School and Abilene Christian College, and then married his high school sweetheart, Vera Pauline “Polly” Dickerson.   During WWII, Rhodes served as an Army glider pilot instructor.   After deciding to pursue a career in the ministry, he accepted a preaching position at the downtown Church of Christ in San Diego, CA, which he held for 2½ years before moving to Tripoli, Libya, North Africa as a missionary.   Four years later Rhodes and his family returned to the U.S. and settled in Selma, AL where he served as a Church of Christ minister for more than a decade.   An avid student of theology, civil rights and communism, he lectured at various colleges and civic organizations across the country, and was granted an Honorary Doctor of Divinity title by the London Institute for Applied Research in 1973.

Rhodes eventually moved back to Oklahoma to set up a gas and oil distributorship in Muskogee.   That business thrived over 20 years until he was diagnosed with macular degeneration, declared legally blind, and forced to retire.   He sold the business but remained active – walking a mile or more every morning with his Schnauzer, continuing biblical studies, thanks to a V.A.-supplied magnifying screen, and collaborating with his daughter to pen his memoirs of their life in Africa and his 6500-mile trek across the Sahara Desert by jeep.

January 2015 Rhodes moved to Orlando, FL where his daughter cared for him until his death on March 24, 2016.   He was predeceased by a son – Richard Don, his first wife, Polly, and his second wife, Mary Barbara.

Surviving kin include daughters Linda Adams and Karen Dismukes, a son – Randall, stepsons Jay Davis and Terry Davis, and five grandchildren.

Rhodes’ remains will be cremated but no funeral services are planned locally.


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  1. Bill Hungridge says:
    04 Apr 2016
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Linda. I am humbled by your father's lifetime achievements. I sincerely hope that he was able to share his love, knowledge and wisdom with all those his soul touched while here on this earth.

  2. Michael and Nelda (Rhodes) Norcross says:
    31 Mar 2016
    We send our love to all.
    Our family has such fond memories of our dad's twin brother. He was so special.
    Michael will always appreciate all the encouragement that he offered to him to complete a book about his experiences while working in a prison.
    Our grandchildren enjoyed hearing him tell of his childhood. His laughter was "one of a kind. "
    He ended his phone conversations with be good to yourself, Suga. That made me feel so special.
    He left a legacy to all the Rhodes family, which he dearly loved.

  3. Teresa Ford says:
    31 Mar 2016
    Well, it's so sad, losing our parents- we lose the time we have to visit, ask questions and say what should I do. We now rely on our good memories, and more so as we get older. Time does help and visits with our family members brings us back to what is really important-FAMILY. Praying you will let the Lord guide you as you move through this journey. Love you, Your cousin & Averill's daughter. Teresa

  4. Michael and Nelda (Rhodes) Norcross says:
    31 Mar 2016
    We send our love, Linda, especially at this time.
    We have such fond memories of our dad's twin. He was so special.
    Michael will always appreciate his encouragement for him to complete his book about his experiences of working in a prison.
    Our grandchildren loved to hear about his childhood experiences and his laughter was "one of a kind".
    He would end his phone conversations with "take good care of yourself, Suga". That made me feel so special.
    He left a legacy for the Rhodes family members, whom he cherished.

  5. Wanda says:
    31 Mar 2016
    Dear Linda,

    My deepest sympathy. I've been thinking of you and praying for you.

    Love,
    Wanda

  6. Sandra McCullough says:
    31 Mar 2016
    Linda and Randall,
    Sincere sympathy to you and all your families. You are all in my prayers. Love to all.

  7. James S. Woodroof says:
    31 Mar 2016
    Friendship is a treasured possession. It's a two-way street. It requires an initiator and a reciprocator. Friendship requires interest and energy: Interest in others and energy to pursue new relationships. It isn't often that one in the closing years of life has that interest in others - we're more interested in our own selves. Nor do we have the energy to pursue. Cluster Rhodes had both up to the closing months of his life. The foundation of my friendship with Cluster Rhodes was that we were both serious followers of Jesus of Nazareth. We were both "saved sinners" and we knew it. So, we extended to each other the grace that had been extended to us. That makes a great, lasting friendship.
    May God bless the memory of Cluster Monroe Rhodes.

  8. Debbie Greenwalt says:
    31 Mar 2016
    So sorry for your loss.

  9. Tonya Goring says:
    30 Mar 2016
    Dear Linda,
    Sounds like your dad lived a blessed and full life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Tonya Goring

  10. Betty Morris says:
    30 Mar 2016
    My deepest sympathies to you Linda and your family. Being in your life during the time you were helping your father with his book and experiencing your pride and joy of it being published will always remain a special memory for me. God Bless you.

  11. Mickey Bryant says:
    29 Mar 2016
    Linda, May the peace of God and all understanding be with and may
    the sweet memories be of comfort.

  12. Katherine Cupp says:
    29 Mar 2016
    Our deepest sympathies goes out to all the family of CM Rhodes.

  13. Bob & Elaine Licato says:
    29 Mar 2016
    Our deep sympathy and prayers go out to Linda and your family on the loss of your Father.

  14. Joanne Keller says:
    29 Mar 2016
    What an amazing man he was! The family is in my thoughts.

  15. Judy Thompson says:
    28 Mar 2016
    Your family is in our prayers. Randy and Judy Thompson

  16. Sally says:
    28 Mar 2016
    My deepest sympathy and prayers.

  17. Will Adams says:
    28 Mar 2016
    What a truly amazing individual. He always loved a good joke and knew how to make people laugh. Thank you Granddad for serving our country and for making the word of God so important in all of our lives. You'll be truly missed.

  18. Sue M. Pinsky says:
    28 Mar 2016
    My condolences to all the family.

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